Dame Ellen MacArthur first hit the headlines in 2001 when she raced single-handedly non-stop around the world in the Vendee Globe when only 24 years old.
In February 2005, she set a new solo, non-stop round the world record of 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds aboard her 75ft trimaran (a record that was taken back by Francis Joyon early in 2008).
She is now a partner in BT Team Ellen, dedicated to success on the water across a number of disciplines, including the IMOCA World Championships and the Extreme 40 catamaran series.
Off the water, she is committed to tackling the issue of how we can protect the planet's natural resources and lead a more sustainable life on land.
In 2003, the Ellen MacArthur Trust was set up to take young people sailing on their way to recovery from cancer and leukaemia.